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Brainy worms

作者:雍歉    发布时间:2019-03-07 01:20:08    

WORMS might not look clever, but they could teach us a thing or two about our own brains, say researchers. Patrick Nef, from Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche in Basel, and his colleagues have created mutant Caenorhabditis elegans worms that are extra-smart. These mutant worms, which made higher amounts of a signalling protein called NCS-1, learned to make new associations between temperature and food faster than normal and remembered them for longer ( Neuron, vol 30, p 241). Humans have NCS-1 in their brains too,

 

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